More Zika Virus Cases Reported in Texas
Health officials for the State of Texas have confirmed five new cases of Zika virus in Texas since August 1, bringing the total to 93. No cases have been confirmed in East Texas as of yet.
NETHealth Ceo George Roberts told KLTV there are several ways to lower the risk of contracting Zika. One is getting rid of any standing water, using mosquito repellent that contains DEET, wearing long sleeves if you are working outside and staying indoors during the dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are more active.
There is also an elevated risk to women who are pregnant or babies.
"Zika is the first mosquito-born illness that is known to cause birth defects and it's the first actual virus known to cause birth defects since German measles, so this really is a game changer," Roberts told KLTV." He continued, "Remains in the system 21 to 28 days that's the typical transmission pattern, but it could remain longer."
To help with prevention of contracting Zika, Texas Medicaid will cover the cost of two cans a month of mosquito repellent for women who are pregnant or between the ages of 10 and 45.
The Centers For Disease Control has issued a travel warning for areas where local transmission of Zika through mosquitoes has been confirmed including a portion of South Florida which has had 15 locally transmissioned cases of Zika reported.